#WLSalt Hashtag

A group of women student affairs professionals spent time together at the Women’s Leadership Institute (#wli10) in December 2010. These women stayed connected and in January 2011, the #WLSalt hashtag was sparked by this email from Teri (@tbump) to the other founding #WLSalt sisters:

“I’m finding myself wanting to tweet at the 6 of you so often so I think we need our own hashtag. Any suggestions #wli? I want to use the hashtag to send tweets that support, lift, encourage, promote women leaders. And, to invite others who do the same to use it as well building a network of women focused on consciously choosing to push women forward. I watch the twitter stream and women Student Affairs professionals are quick to devalue their work/skills/smarts. I send at least 1 DM a day to someone who has publicly diminished herself.  I’m looking to help build their self esteem, self respect, and encourage them to take their place at the table with confidence and the support of women like us. We can create a network of women who value what matters and will enthusiastically help each other achieve, score the best opportunities and see this world as their oyster. Are you in?”

All seven #wli10 women were invested and committed.  They offered much, much more than hashtag ideas- they all brought their very best selves and their phenomenal strengths to the conversation & the plan.  After a conference call brainstorming session, we settled on Carolyn’s suggestion of #WLSalt. This hashtag includes SALT as a tribute to #WLI10 where twitter friends became IRL (in real life) relationships and WL to signify Women as Leaders.

Please join us and use #WLSalt for tweets that:
* Support: Provide support, connections, and resources for leadership, academic, and career opportunities
* Affirm: Highlight the success of women as leaders at all levels
* Lift: Lift up the voices that may be quieted in other venues
* Transform: Facilitate the continued success of woman in higher education

We are moving quickly beyond the hashtag and have activated a twitter account where we will co-tweet as @SAwomenLead.  Follow us as we follow you and grow, learn and encourage the amazing women who surround us all in higher education.  Please join us as we advance and support all women in the academe.

13 responses to this post.

  1. [...] Sisters, our evangelists, #WLSalt & the movement. Join us at the #WLSalt Tweet [...]


  2. [...] Knowing the answers to these questions will position you to negotiate at a new level and from a place of strength.  We hope you will join us as we continue to build a network of women who know their value,  confidently take their place at the table and are rewarded in ways that enrich all of our lives.  #WLSalt [...]


  3. [...] “Women Talk Tech” session also heavily referenced the #WLSalt community, a space for women to Support, Affirm, Lift and Transform. While ‘lurking and learning’ [...]


  4. [...] sole purpose of discussing and developing the leadership potential of other women. We are here to support, affirm, lift, and transform each other. As Teri Bump said in her education session today, “Go [...]


  5. [...] part of the refresh that the new year begins, many in the #sachat and #wlsalt communities (and beyond) have chosen to forego resolutions and instead, choose one word that will [...]


  6. [...] Stir others. If you haven’t heard of #WLSalt yet, I strongly encourage you to check it out. The basic premise is for women leaders to support, [...]


  7. [...] engaging a little more on Twitter, but didn’t really understand it.  Eventually, I found the website and started following @SAwomenLead and began “lurking.”  Like any community, I was [...]


  8. [...] was really wonderful to connect with more women in the #wlsalt community and continue to feel supported, affirmed, lifted, and transformed.  I was honestly [...]


  9. [...] I am part of a community that encourages me to use my voice to find and give empowerment in a variety of ways including, [...]


  10. [...] “Women Talk Tech” session also heavily referenced the #WLSalt community, a space for women to Support, Affirm, Lift and Transform. While ‘lurking and learning’ [...]


  11. [...] and fighting my internal crippling insecurity (ha). Tara Mohr and the wonderful communities of  #WLSALT and sawomenlead.com are my inspirations, mentors, and role [...]


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